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Scotland, Italy and Spain win WRWC qualifiers

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irb.com and James Mortimer     22 Apr 2013     Getty Images

Despite a battling performance from the Samoan's, the class of the Europeans shone through and they ran out convincing winners, 65-22.

Samoan Captain, Cynthia Taala wasn't pulling any punches following her side's loss.

“We made many mistakes, we were very nervous and because of that we couldn´t play the way we know how to."

"Going forward in the Tournament we want to play our game again, go back to our style, play basic Rugby. We also want to feel comfortable on the pitch and above all, regain confidence and have patience in what we do."

Next up at the Estadio de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Netherlands took on Scotland's women, who came to the tournament with a point to prove following a poor 6 Nations campaign. Despite a promising start from the Dutch, who managed to a maintain just a 7-10 deficit at half-time, Scotland came through with an impressive 7-29 win.

Head coach Karen Findlay was happy with the Scottish performance.

"I'm really pleased. The objective today was to win and get a bonus point - we scored five fantastic tries, got the win and the bonus point."

"The pleasant thing about the tries was we created phases and the outside backs scored. And our skipper did a tremendous job to secure the fourth try, with the initiative to pick, tap and score herself, from a good 15 meters out.

"The front row also worked exceptionally hard and Lindsey Smith, the starting hooker, had the best game I've ever seen her play in a rugby shirt for Scotland."

The day concluded with the hosts Spain pleasing the home crowd of approximately 1000 fans with a very convincing win over Sweden, 55-0.

As proof of the open, running Rugby on display, all winning teams claimed a bonus point from their first round matches for scoring 4 tries or more, with Samoa even scoring the extra point for touching down 4 times during their loss to Italy.

The second round of games takes place on Tuesday, April 23 with all games being played at the Estadio de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

The two qualifiers for the Women's Rugby World Cup 2014 will be known after the final match day on April 27, leaving just two places remaining to be filled by an African and Asian qualifier.

The International Rugby Board will also announce the dates and venues for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 during the qualifying tournament.

All matches from the Women's Rugby World Cup 2014 qualifiers in Madrid will be streamed live via www.dailymotion.com/video/xz4j38_live-qualification-wrwc-madrid_sport#.UXEhBEpc1U0.

Round 2 Fixtures (Tuesday April 23):

13.30hrs. Italy v. Scotland
15.30hrs. Sweden v. Samoa
17.30hrs. Netherlands v. Spain